HTC One M8 announced with Duo Camera, Sense 6, and 90 percent metal body

HTC One M8 announced with Duo Camera, Sense 6, and 90 percent metal body

Summary: There was little left to be revealed by HTC given all the leaked details, but I had some time to use it starting last week and found it to be a nice evolutionary upgrade to the fantastic HTC One (M7).

HTC One (M8) announced with Duo Camera, Sense 6, and 90 percent metal body

We have seen a ton of leaked specs, photos, and video of the new HTC One M8 so it's good to finally get the official announcement from HTC. I met with them last week and have been using the device ever since with my full review going live in 30 minutes.

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I have some initial impressions from meeting with HTC and handling the device. There's an improvement in the fit and finish of the new HTC One M8 as the metal body increases from 70 percent to 90 percent of the composition. I thought last year's model, the HTC One M7, had wonderful design features, but this one tops that.

HTC listened to customer feedback and took action to improve the new HTC One M8 with the removal of dedicated capacitive buttons, addition of a microSD card slot, improvement in BoomSound speakers, relocation of the headset jack, an innovative solution to the power button concerns, and an improvement of the overall camera experience. Read all about these details soon here on my blog.

Specifications of the HTC One (M8) include:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor at 2.3 GHz
  • 5 inch 1080p LCD display composed of Gorilla Glass 3
  • Android 4.4 with HTC Sense 6 and improved BlinkFeed
  • 16/32 GB internal storage with microSD card slot supporting up to 128 GB cards
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX enabled
  • HTC BoomSound front facing stereo speakers
  • HTC UltraPixel camera (same size as last year) with additional camera for depth info
  • Front facing 5 megapixel wide angle lens camera
  • 2,600 mAh battery
  • Dimensions of 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm and 160 grams

As you can see, the new HTC One (M8) matches up well with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and other new Android smartphones. I am considering the new One (M8), but the additional Motorola functions in my Moto X are too good to pass up.

Pricing and availability information will be available in my full review. The camera software is so extensive that I will be posting an additional article focused solely on the camera experience.

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  • Please include a lag scale 1-10 when doing android reviews

    I would have never selected an S4 if I knew how bad it was.

    Something like nexus 5 being a 1 and little lag and S4 a 10, horrible lag.
    • The HTC One is around a 3.

      This might be a 2 or a 1.

      But yeah, the GS4 lags.
    • S4 and Nexus 5

      I have an S4 and my wife has Nexus 5. I disagree that the lag is that much in S4. I did turn off most of the junk that samsung gave me.
      S4 is good in some sense but yes, it is definitely not worth double the price of Nexus 5. If both were same price, I may have bought s4 due to its memory card but at 350$, Nexus 5 is way better.
  • Always Something Missing...

    Why hTC? Why do you ALWAYS shoot yourself in the foot with your flagships? You introduce an absolutely excellent phone but ALWAYS leave at least one thing out, this time it was the fingerprint scanner.
  • Wow, looks like an iPhone...

    HTC - The new Samdung.
  • HTC One still has One major problem

    No access to the battery yet? I'm not going back to HTC!
    • Menu button PLEASE!

      why do they do the home and back but not menu button?
      and then you get to waste a slice of the screen for onscreen menu button or in some cases none at all.
      • oh wait, they took it all away!

        ah forget it!
        I'm sticking with Samsung and the hardware buttons.
  • No removable battery

    I still will never consider it without a removable battery!
  • 160 grams

    my Note 3 weighs 168 grams with a much bigger screen and battery.
    If HTC could bring themselves to make a lightweight polycarbonate version weighing about 130 grams it might be great for those who don't like to carry aluminium blocks.
  • HTC Yes I love it, but........

    I got my HTC One a year ago. I agree that the user interface is terrific and the features already outlined are right on the mark.

    However, that said.....

    Very shortly after I got the phone in March of 2013, the battery began to act up. It would discharge overnight. This necessitated a visit to the customer service location which was a bit of a drive away. A four hour wait resulted in extensive testing after which the phone seemed to be acting OK.

    During the first year it hiccupped a few time, rapidly discharging virtually overnight. My wife also got an identical phone at a different time and the same thing happened.

    We were told not to charge the phones overnight, but rather disconnect the charger when the phone was charged.

    Just before the one year warranty was up, the phone began to rapidly discharge again. This time when I brought it back, I was given a new phone which seems to be doing well so far.

    No other cell phone I ever had was a problem across a broad spectrum of phones in the past 20 years. I have had Motorola, LG, Erricson, Pantech, Samsung and Nokia phones and all operated without a hitch until the contract time allowed me to select another phone.

    The HTC I had before this was in a word, perfect. We will see in the year to come if I go with another HTC or revert to a Motorola or Nokia. Now, I only charge the phone during the day and it seems that this has done the trick.

    The new lineup of present day cell phones with one exception has a non accessible battery. I believe that the Nokia has this feature. Were it not for the service incidents I would get another HTC. Let's see how the next year goes.